Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (NYSE: MSGS) (“MSG Sports”) and Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: MSGE) (“MSG Entertainment”) announced today that New York Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist will be joining both organizations in a unique new role that helps support business operations for each company. In this position, Lundqvist will be involved in numerous areas including representing MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment in a variety of partner and sponsorship endeavors, assisting with content development for digital platforms across both companies, growing and strengthening the connection with Rangers alumni, as well as lending his support with the Garden of Dreams Foundation. In addition, Lundqvist will once again be a lead studio analyst on MSG Network throughout the Rangers season.
“During the past year since I announced my retirement, I have enjoyed the opportunity to explore many different areas of the sports and entertainment industry and I look forward to continuing on that path,” said Lundqvist. “At the same time, I am a Ranger at heart, and Madison Square Garden is my home. I am thrilled to continue my relationship with MSG and the Rangers in this exciting, expanded role.”
“Henrik Lundqvist has been an exemplary representative of the Rangers, both on and off the ice,” said James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, MSG Sports and Executive Chairman and CEO, MSG Entertainment. “In this newly created role, he will be able to utilize his passion for sports and entertainment, as well as for the city he loves so dearly, to support MSG’s businesses and partnerships. We are confident he will have a great impact on our organizations, our brands and our philanthropic endeavors across New York City.”
During his tenure in New York, Lundqvist established himself as one of the greatest players in Rangers history, both on and off the ice. Off the ice, Henrik and his wife, Therese, founded the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation (HLF), and he has served the official spokesperson for the Garden of Dreams Foundation (GDF). Through its fundraising efforts and community outreach, HLF strives to create positive change in the lives of children and adults throughout the world through education and health services. In 2012, he received the Garden of Dreams Hero Award, which annually honors a person or organization who embodies the spirit and commitment of the Foundation, with active, on-going dedication to children facing obstacles.
The Sweden native played 15 seasons with the Rangers (2005-06 – 2019-20) and owned over 50 franchise records at the time of his retirement, including all-time records for wins (459), appearances by a goaltender (887), shutouts (64), playoff appearances (by either a skater or goaltender – 130), playoff wins (61), and playoff shutouts (10). In 2011-12, Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s Best Goaltender and was a finalist for the award in four other seasons throughout his tenure with the Rangers (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2012-13). A five-time NHL All-Star (2009, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2019), Lundqvist was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team in 2011-12, the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 2012-13, and the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2005-06.
Lundqvist earned numerous team awards and honors throughout his career. He was named the Rangers’ Most Valuable Player in nine different seasons, which is more than any other player in franchise history. In addition, Lundqvist was twice named the winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, which is presented annually to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, “goes above and beyond the call of duty.” On January 28, 2022, Lundqvist was given the highest honor a Rangers player can receive, when his No. 30 jersey was raised to the MSG rafters.
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